United Way of Chattanooga

Celebrate our Volunteer Champions!
April 8th, 2014 7:32 PM

United Way’s Volunteer Center Celebrates Community Champions

Volunteer of the Year Award Winners

United Way’s Volunteer Center (a Hands-On action center) hosted the annual Volunteer United Awards Banquet to honor local volunteer “Champions” who become engaged in our community by working to solve local problems one day and one person at a time.

In this region during 2013, United Way’s Volunteer Center recruited, engaged or managed 23,886 volunteers area-wide for various projects and organizations; brought in 71,658 volunteer hours to the region at a value of $1,615,887* in human capital; coordinated 128 corporate day of caring projects; coordinated 9 corporate service projects; and helped 191 area nonprofits recruit volunteers for their activities. Most of these numbers represent a 50 to 100 percent increase over 2012 outputs.

The Volunteer United Awards Banquet was hosted by United Way’s Volunteer Center, DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies) and the Corporate Volunteer Council (an advisory committee to the United Way). Area volunteers were celebrated for accomplishing important work – such as mentoring students, helping patients, providing fresh produce for those in need, and helping veterans and people with disabilities  – through service.

This year’s keynote speaker was Jane Kaylor, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities, who not only spoke of the importance of volunteers and their work to the greater Chattanooga community, but also addressed volunteers’ ability for capacity building in area nonprofits and agencies.   

One corporation and six individuals were recognized for volunteering to meet needs in their communities. They were: CIGNA for the Corporate Volunteer of the Year; Constance Watkins for the Youth Programs & Education Volunteer of the Year; Pat Roza and Mike Davis, for the Health & Environmental Volunteers of the Year; McCall Morgan and Harper Caswell for the Emerging Volunteers of the Year; and Kathy Mindel for the Community Volunteer of the Year.  

The awards banquet was made possible thanks to the generosity of Unum and TVA, the event’s sponsors.

United Way's Volunteer Center, DOVIA and the Corporate Volunteer Council are also holding a special volunteers’ night out at the Lookouts as another way of thanking their hard-working volunteers. The game is scheduled on Friday, April 25 at 7:15 p.m. and special general admission tickets are available through the Volunteer Center. Reserve your tickets by calling 423.752.0316 – they must be reserved by Friday, April 18.

The Volunteer Center is a vital United Way program that locates volunteer opportunities and recruits people to contribute their time to create real impact and lasting change in their communities.

United Way's Volunteer Center promotes volunteerism throughout the region by helping organizations recruit volunteers and create the best opportunities for youth, busy working adults and seniors; connecting individuals, groups and corporations to customized volunteer opportunities that fit their interests; and publicly recognizing volunteer impact in our community.

Call United Way’s Volunteer Center at 423-752-0316 for more information on how to become involved in the community, or visit our web site at www.iHelpChattanooga.org.


*National Value of Volunteer Time - The estimated value of volunteer time for 2013 is $22.55 per hour. See more at: https://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time#sthash.klCnjlXC.dpuf or https://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time

Volunteering and Civic Engagement in Tennessee 
Trends and Highlights Overview 
Overall, in Tennessee in 2012:

  • 24.8% of residents volunteer, ranking them 37th among the 50 states and Washington, DC.
  • 34.1 volunteer hours per resident.
  • 1.27 million volunteers.
  • 171.4 million hours of service.
  • $3.8 billion of service contributed.
  • 54.5% of residents donate to charity.
  • 6.1% of residents participate in public meetings.
  • 22.1% of residents over age 55 volunteer.
  • Additional data is available on voting, group participation, social connectedness, and other volunteering and civic life indicators.
  • See more at: http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/TN#sthash.2Pkt0KiK.dpuf

Volunteering and Civic Engagement in the United States 
Trends and Highlights Overview

  • 26.5% of residents volunteer.
  • 32.4 volunteer hours per resident.
  • 64.5 million volunteers.
  • 7.9 billion hours of service.
  • $175 billion of service contributed.
  • 51.0% of residents donate to charity.
  • 9.0% of residents participate in public meetings.
  • 25.8% of residents over age 55 volunteer.
  • Additional data is available on voting, group participation, social connectedness, and other volunteering and civic life indicators. 
  • See more at: http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/national#sthash.W50FEH2N.dpuf

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National Volunteer Week - a Proclamation
April 8th, 2014 11:46 AM

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Presidential Proclamation
National Volunteer Week, 2014



Through countless acts of kindness, generosity, and service, Americans recognize that we are all bound together -- that we move this country forward by giving of ourselves to others and caring for those around us. Every day, Americans carry forward the tradition of service embedded in our character as a people. And as we celebrate National Volunteer Week, we embrace our shared responsibility to one another and recommit to the task of building a more perfect Union.

By performing acts of service, we can shape a Nation big enough and bold enough to accommodate the hopes of all our people. Across our country, volunteers open doors of opportunity, pave avenues of success, fortify their communities, and lay the foundation for tomorrow's growth and prosperity. They are often equipped with few resources and gain little recognition, yet because of their service, our country is a better and a stronger force for good.

My Administration is dedicated to engaging Americans through service. Through the Corporation for National and Community Service, we administer programs like AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, and we have designed innovative initiatives such as School Turnaround AmeriCorps and VetSuccess AmeriCorps. In giving their time and talent, our volunteers can learn new skills and focus their vision, energy, and passion on projects ranging from improving disaster relief, delivering better education, and assisting returning veterans and military families. And by establishing the Task Force on Expanding National Service, we are creating new opportunities to support our communities through service.

The American experience stands apart because our triumph is found in the example of our people. With unity of purpose and unmatched resolve, we confront our shared challenges as one people and emerge stronger than before. We saw this spirit in action when, in the wake of a devastating mudslide in Washington State, Americans stepped in to provide food, shelter, and support to survivors. We saw it last year when a tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma, and volunteers came together to rebuild homes, schools, and hospitals -- because we are a Nation that stands with our fellow citizens as long as it takes. As we renew our commitment to each other during National Volunteer Week, I encourage you to visit www.Serve.gov to learn more about service opportunities in your area.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 6 through April 12, 2014, as National Volunteer Week. I call upon all Americans to observe this week by volunteering in service projects across our country and pledging to make service a part of their daily lives.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.


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United Way Celebrates Volunteers!
April 8th, 2014 10:08 AM

(This is a reprint courtesy of Mei Cobb and our partners at United Way Worldwide)

Volunteers are an essential part of United Way’s work to advance the common good. During National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, 2014, we celebrate hundreds of thousands of United Way volunteers across the U.S.  Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteering and service as an integral aspect of our civic leadership. The week draws the support and endorsement of the president and Congress, governors, mayors and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups across the country. 

National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change - discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to foster positive transformation. For example, United Way of the Greater Trianglein Morrisville, NC will help nearly 1,000 homeless families/individuals move into permanent housing.  United Way of Tompkins County, through a partnership with the Regional Volunteer Center of the Southern Tier, awarded more than $2,000 in grants to ten local organizations to conduct volunteer projects during National Volunteer Week 

United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region has organized Metal Container employees to sort food items into nutrition packages for the local food bank and for employee volunteers from Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union to work one-on-one with elementary school students to improve their financial literacy.  On another day during National Volunteer week, cadets from West Point Military Academy will paint and clean a senior residence. National Volunteer Week will conclude a month-long collection of hygiene items for homeless people, conducted by United Way with students of the Culinary Institute of America and Marist College.

Events to recognize and celebrate volunteers are also popular during National Volunteer Week.  The Volunteer Center of United Way of Greater Chattanooga is hosting the “Volunteer United Awards Banquet” to allow various nonprofit organizations to enjoy an evening with their volunteers.  The Volunteer Center also offers these volunteer appreciation tips.

I salute all United Way volunteers, but would like to give a shout out to one particular group:  volunteer readers, tutors and mentors.  As of this writing, more than 300,000 of you have pledged to help children stay on track to high school graduation by volunteering as a reader, tutor or mentor. I invite you to take the pledge today and to contact your local United Wayto find out about other volunteering opportunities.

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